Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tek-Gnostics 2017 Product Catalogue

For those amongst you who feel that Black Friday... Small Business Saturday... Cyber Monday... Capitalism in general... is not that weird, check out the updated 2017 Tek-Gnostics Product Catalog. We have added new products... and are featuring my new Book: The Tek-Gnostics Heresies - Tales of Wonder from the Collective Conscious. It is available in paperback and electronic editions. 

The Heresies is available at Amazon, etc... but purchasing directly from Tek-Gnostics is a great way to support the continuation of our flagship site: All of the proceeds go to keeping our virtual vihāra fully operational. 

One updated product that I am excited about is the 2017 "Data Fetish" ... a wearable electronic storage device/necklace. All of the forbidden, heretical material from the Tek-Gnostic's Invisible College has been downloaded onto this 4-gig micro flash drive charm. Our 'data fetish' includes all of the manuals, position papers, Libri & downloads from our members-only site, including videos, PDF files. Back-issues of Tekgnosis, our member's newsletter... plus bonus materials unique to this data storage device are all stored safely off-line, away from prying eyes. A lifetime subscription to our member's site is included with this fetish!

This wearable data fetish comes strung on a rinpoche-red hemp necklace, festooned with imported African glass beads. Vodun meets cyberpunk!

Also, check out the 2017 Tek-Gnostics "Heretic" Tee shirt design (pictured above). Wear your heresy proudly!

So there you have it... our pitch for on-line shopping for that discerning psychonaut on your holiday list. If you have a friend or loved one whose tastes tend toward synchronistic High Weirdness... the 2017 Tek-gnostics catalog may be just the ticket! Check it out...

We shall return to our regularly scheduled program of posts dealing with the obscure... the mysterious... the esoteric... the psychedelic, shortly... so until then, Think Different, but don't believe everything you think!

- J


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Singularity Update – $10mil Grant to study Ethics of A.I.

In 1941, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov stated "The Three Laws of Robotics," in his short story "Runaround."

Law One: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Law Two: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Law Three: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

These laws come from the world of science fiction, but the real world is catching up. This month, a law firm gave Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University $10 million to explore the ethics of artificial intelligence or AI. This comes after industry leaders recently joined together to form the group called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.

Peter Kalis is chairman of the law firm, K&L Gates. He says technology is dashing ahead of the law, leading to questions that were never taken seriously before. Such as what happens when you make robots that are smart, independent thinkers… and then try to limit their autonomy?

Kalis suggests that one day we'll want laws to keep our autonomous robots from running amok, but that we'll also have to consider the ramifications of extending these potentially sentient AI entities legal protections, as defined by the U.S. Constitution.

"The Constitution says that every person should benefit from equal protection under the law. Well, I don't think anyone contemplated that person would include an artificially intelligent robot," Kalis says. "Yet I hear people seriously maintaining that artificially intelligent robots ought to replace judges. When we get to that point, it's a matter of profound constitutional and social consequence for any country, any nation which prizes the rule of law."

With the law firm's gift, Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh says the university will be able to dig into issues now emerging within automated industries… "Take driverless cars," he says. "If there's an accident involving a driverless car, what policies do we have in place? What kind of insurance coverage do they have? And who needs to take insurance?"

The issues go beyond self-driving cars and renegade robots. Inside the next generation of smartphones, in those chips embedded in home appliances, and the ever-expanding collection of personal data being stored in the "cloud," questions about what's right and wrong are open to study.

So are Asimov's three laws of robotics all there is to govern AI right now? ...and is it necessary to have a moral guideline that everyone can understand? "I think putting all three laws into one: Do no harm, could be the very first one," Suresh says. He says humanity today is approaching "an interesting point at the intersection of humans and technology" …one we don't have any prior experience with...

Original Article @ NPR

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Return of the Archons Pt 3 – Toltec Predators

“We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so...”

- from “The Active Side of Infinity” by Carlos Castaneda

In Part one of the Return of the Archons series, we examined the Archon mythology from a political/historical perspective, drawing similarities between biblical era Archons, ie: bureaucrat or petty ruler… and the intellectual erosion of our contemporary politicians. We then explored the great science fiction author, Philip K Dick’s infamous 2-3-74 incident… accordingly, The Empire Never Ended.

In Part two, we then explored the ancient Gnostic mythology of spiritual, occult forces, impacting humanity. Within the ancient Gnostic writings, known as the Nag Hammadi Codices, a strange narrative emerged, correlating the Gnostic understanding of the Archons with Ancient Astronaut Theory, extra-terrestrial contact and modern ufology. Much of our researched Archon-as-extra-terrestrial material came from: and author John Lash. 

Delving into Lash’s work, it soon became clear that he devoted much of his material to the correlation between ancient Gnostic mythology and the works of the granddaddy of armchair shamanism… the one and only Carlos Castaneda. What follows is our investigation into this intriguing theory…

"In Castaneda's final book, The Active Side of Infinity (1998), Don Juan challenges Castaneda to reconcile man's intelligence with the stupidity of his systems of beliefs... the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Don Juan relates this blatant contradiction in human intelligence to what he calls "the topic of topics," "the most serious topic in sorcery." This topic is predation. To the horrified astonishment of his apprentice, the elder sorcerer explains how the human mind has been infiltrated by an alien intelligence:

We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so... Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent and egomaniacal.

According to Don Juan, the sorcerers of ancient Mexico called the predator, the flyer: because it leaps through the air... It is a big shadow, impenetrably black, a black shadow that jumps through the air."

- John Lash

Lash goes on to correlate Castaneda’s “Flyer” predators with the Gnostic “Archons” whom he refers to as “Shadow Creatures.” He proposes many parallels, suggesting striking similarities between the Toltec Sorcerers Flyers, archaic Archons and modern depictions of so-called “Gray” (and reptilian) aliens.     

Lash interpreted the Gnostic materials to suggest that humans possess a natural or “native mind” that is part of, and in tune with a perceived cosmic, universal intelligence. This “indigenous mind” has been co-opted by an invasive, predatory intelligence, or mental construct, perpetuated by the archons. This invasion is by means of the psychic or mental realm, as opposed to a metal-hulled attack-ship landing on Earth and spewing out (the Demiurge’s) invading minions.

Again, Lash contends that the Toltec sorcerers knew the archons as: “Flyers” and called this invasive mental construct the: “foreign installation.” Per the sorcerers, this divine invasion is nearly complete. However, the sorcerers: "found out that if they taxed the flyers' mind with inner silence, the foreign installation would flee, giving to any one of the practitioners involved in this maneuver the total certainty of the mind's foreign origin."

Per Lash: these predatory entities are said to "abduct souls by night," a precise description of modern ET abductions. The adept in the Mysteries learns to repel the Archons with magical formulas (mantras) and magical passes or gestures of power (mudras). In some texts, the encounter with the Archons is structured according to the system of "planetary spheres."

The adept who practices astral projection, lucid dreaming or "manipulations of the double" (as in Castaneda) is said to face the Archons in a kind of computer-game maze of seven levels, corresponding to the seven planets. At each level, the adept is unable to continue unless he confronts the "gatekeepers," using magical passes and words. 

The archetypal format of the "journey through the planetary spheres" was well-known in antiquity, particularly in schools of Hermetics and Kabbalah. Lash compares the Gnostic ascent through the seven spheres with the raising of “kundalini” through the seven chakras in Indian yogic traditions. The correlation works especially well if we equate the "serpent worship" of certain Gnostic cults with Kundalini yoga practice (which may in turn be equated with "the fire from within" and the Plumed Serpent in several Castaneda books).

Finally, Lash speculates that: the Toltec sorcerers would also have been adepts of Kundalini yoga, cultivating "the fire from within." Their encounters with the flyers might not have been formalized into a seven-level test-game, but the same experiences are indicated in all three traditions: Toltec, yogic, and Gnostic. Gnostics believed that the force of Kundalini, or the ambient field generated by that force, served as protection from the Archons.

From Lash’s material, we would go on to speculate that by inference, Lash’s theory suggests that the ancient Toltec, Hindi and Gnostic mystics shared a common prehistoric mythology. This ties in conveniently with current ancient astronaut theory that contends a globally intact, pre-diluvian mother culture existed in our distant past. This mother culture is evidenced by the architectural similarity of prehistoric pyramidal structures, around the planet.

There is much more material, pertaining to this and similar mysteries, readily available for the intrepid psychonaut to explore on-line. If this topic is of interest, check out the materials at Metahistory, as well as materials found at Biblioteca Pleyades.

We leave you, dear intrepid psychonaut, with a modernized archon encounter scenario that has been adapted from Gnostic materials discovered within the Nag Hammadi Library…

Whenever you are seized and you undergo mortal fear, perceived entities may turn on you, thinking they can capture you. And in particular, three entities will seize you… those who pose as toll collectors. Not only do they demand toll, but they take away souls by theft.

Now, when you come under their power, one of them, who is the overseer will say to you: "Who are you, and where are you from?"  You are then to say to him:  "I am a child of humanity and I am from the Source."

He will then say to you: "What sort of child are you, and to what Source do you belong?"  You are to say to him:  "I am from the pre-existent Source, and I am the offspring of the Source."

Then he will say to you:  "Why were you sent out from the Source?" Then you are to say to him:  "I came from the Pre-existent One so that I might behold those of my kind and those who are alien."

And he will say to you:  "What are these alien beings?"  You are to say to him: "They are not entirely alien, for they are from the Fallen Sophia, the female divinity (Mother Earth) who produced them when she brought the human race down from the Source, the realm of the Pre-Existent One. So they are not entirely alien, but they are our kin. They are indeed so because she who is their matrix, Sophia, is from the Source. At the same time they are alien because Sophia did not combine with her like in the Source (her divine male counterpart), when she produced them."

When he also says to you:  "Where will you go now?" You are to say to him:  "To the place when I came, the Source, there shall I return." 

And if you respond in this manner, you will escape their attacks.

(NHC V, 3. 33 - 34: 1- 25. Translation from NHLE 1990, pp. 265-6 and Kurt Rudolf, Gnosis, p. 174-5.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nobody for President Part 2 – Revolution! (updated)

You say you’ll change the constitution… well, you know…
We all want to change your head.
You tell me it’s the institution… well, you know…
You better free your mind instead.

- from “Revolution” by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

In part one of this Huge yet deplorable political rant… we made a half-Sirius pitch for the now-obvious candidate of choice… NOBODY. We pointed out that of all the candidates… Democrat & Green… Republican & Libertarian… Nobody has all the answers! Nobody keeps her election promises. Nobody is a candidate we can count on! Nobody listens to your concerns. Nobody tells the truth. Nobody will lower your taxes. Nobody will defend your unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And last but certainly not least… Nobody makes apple pie better than Mom!

As we close in on Election Day, the campaign… indeed the entire political process… continues to become more surreal. We should not be surprised that “the Donald” is the obvious outcome of the reality-show, violently gluttonous, Instagramic culture that is transforming our planet’s infosphere. Nor should we be surprised that what is left of the political establishment, left & right, would rally around Hillary… the only traditional candidate left standing. In times like these, the idea of voting for “none of the above” for President does not seem to be that crazy of a response to our socio-political surrealism.

Rumors of Russian Hackers disrupting the US political process, utilizing surrogate players like Wikileaks… denial of service attacks, crippling the Eastern Seaboard’s connectivity… the resulting rekindled debate over “off shoring” (domestic business operations and jobs going Overseas) by US-based multinational corporations… all these disruptive influences underscore the fact that we appear to be rapidly moving into an era that was prophesized by the dystopian cyberpunk genre, ala: William Gibson.

Welcome to the future, chump... the revolution has already begun.

It is worth commenting on the way our national pop-media has characterized the rise of the “Conspiracy Culture” within this election cycle as “Alt Right” and essentially “Wingnut.” As we all know, the so-called conspiracy culture (CC) comes in all stripes… left, right and in the middle… from ranting radical to articulate brilliance. What the press is missing in their characterization of the CC, is the common thread of… beyond rectifying a dysfunctional government… a sincere desire to get to the bottom of the bureaucratic deception… to get to the truth.  

In the upcoming election… it is critically important that we all get our head straight… get clear on the importance of the choices we make at the polling booth. Let us proceed with the knowledge that in turbulent times… those with cooler heads will prevail. So in these techno-political times we find ourselves in… a final piece of advice from that great futurist: R Buckminster Fuller: DARE TO BE NAIVE!

As we had concluded in part one of this series… “Flawed as the process is” ...don't sit on your hands at home on Election Day. Participate in what is left of the American democratic process… lord knows the Russian hackers are! The system ain’t rigged in the way the Donald is insinuating… it will only be rigged if we don’t exercise our right (and responsibility) to vote. It will only be rigged if we let voter suppression tactics stop us.

Have the naiveté to go to the polling booth and cast your ballot! Don't believe the polls! Vote your heart. Vote your conscience. Vote on issues that matter to you. Vote for conventional Clinton or fascist Trump… if that is what you truly believe. If you must, write in “none of the above.” A vote for nobody is still a vote. A write-in vote for nobody is far more of an authentic and powerful statement than not bothering to vote at all. And remember... Love trumps Hate!

Update: Chris Knowles, over at the Secret Sun, has a particularly nuanced take on the part that the Deep State may indeed be playing in this election cycle… check it out here: Election 2016: You May Not Be Interested in Parapolitics.

Editor's Note: Coming soon... a comprehensive Field Report from: Alien Con 2016.

"What is he doing in there?"